REGISTRATION PROCESS

Specified Scope of Practice License

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Why is a Specified Scope of Practice License required?

The implementation of the specified scope of practice license in Manitoba requires Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba to honour the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) and recognize individuals who've already been granted a limited licence in another Canadian province.

The specified scope of practice license provides a pathway to limited licensure for individuals with a non-traditional academic background. This category of license recognizes the combination of education with extensive experience as potential qualification to qualify for practice in a specific scope of engineering or geoscience.

Successful applicants will ascribe to, and be held to, the same standard of skills, professionalism, and ethics as professional members.

What is a Specified Scope of Practice License?

A specified scope of practice license is a new category of license which allows non-engineers and non-geoscientists to practice in a specific scope of engineering or geoscience discipline. Typically applicants will be diploma holders who have years of experience which falls within a specific scope of engineering or geoscience.

What title will a Specified Scope of Practice Licensee get?

The practitioner will be granted the privilege of using the title Engineering or Geoscience Licensee (Eng.L or Geo.L) and they will be issued a seal that is distinct to their license.

What are the qualifications required?

There are FOUR separate paths that an applicant could go through.

Path 0 - Current Specified Scope of Practice License or Limited License in another Canadian provincial engineering or geoscience association.

Path 1 - Accredited degree or diploma in applied science or technology with 8 years (including schooling) of experience at least 2 years of which are direct on the job experience and at least 4 year of which are directly in the specified scope of practice.

Path 2 - Accredited degree or diploma in science or acceptable equivalent with adequate foundation in math, physics and basic sciences and with 8 years (including schooling) of experience, at least 2 years of which are direct on the job experience and at least 4 years of which are directly in the specified scope of practice.

Path 3 - education that is not part of Path 1 or 2 or an engineering or geoscience degree, but acceptable to Council, who has at least 15 years of relevant experience. NOTE: Path 3 requires that the applicant have at least SOME post-secondary education.

What is the process for obtaining a Specified Scope of Practice Licence (SSPL) from Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba?
  1. Persons who believe that they have these qualifications apply to the Association and provide a preliminary application which includes the following: Degree(s), detailed resume, and proposed scope. See the Application for details.
  2. Those who appear to meet the criteria will be given a login profile and will be asked to pay a non-refundable application fee ($500.00 as of January 9, 2017). Once paid, they will be able to write the Act, Bylaws and Code of Ethics (ABC) test and submit the rest of the required information online. This information will include progress reports (see question 6) and references and they will be able to SAVE this information online until they are ready to submit. Once submitted, the file will be placed on an agenda and will then be forwarded to the SSPL committee for a detailed review of their resume, education, references and their proposed scope.
  3. If accepted, the applicant will be eligible to write the National Professional Practice Exam (NPPE) at the earliest opportunity. Exam signup will be through your login profile.
  4. Once passed, the file will be forwarded to the Registration Committee for the next available meeting.
  5. The Registration Committee will review the work and approve the applicant as a licensee provided they are satisfied.
What is expected when I do the Progress reports mentioned above?

Progress reports are very detailed documents describing your work experience that you have accumulated over the years.

Each progress report should cover only one employment position. An employment position means employment which is supervised by one supervisor. For example, if you worked under three different supervisors/departments in one company, then three different reports must be submitted and three different supervisors would attest to that experience.

Reports MUST clearly detail your experience in the specified scope in which you wish to practice. The format and scope of the reports are described in the following:

These reports must cover all criteria outlined in these documents, and contain plenty of details and examples to reflect the attainment of this criteria. It is important that you provide detail on challenges faced as well as unusual or difficult aspects faced on each project. The sample reports we have on the website are for engineers and geoscientists but these can be used as a guide.

To illustrate, the following comment is not sufficient:

  • Scheduling - I was the lead scheduler for a challenging renovation project.

The following comment is better and reflects what you actually did:

  • Scheduling - I providing the scheduling for a multi-discipline renovation of a 5000 sq. ft. commercial property in downtown Winnipeg. This project was challenging because of the varied tenancy of the building and the numerous trades and vendors involved. Timelines were very tight as there was a fixed deadline for occupancy, and one piece of the equipment was highly specialized with a long lead in time for delivery. Due to the unique nature of this equipment (a specialized pasta maker), local contractors were unfamiliar with the installation requirements and specialists had to be hired to ensure proper functioning.

All progress reports are done online using our automated system and all must be approved by your engineering/geoscience supervisor for the time period during which you did the work. It is expected that these reports will take a certain amount of time and effort and the quality expected is high. Reports that are not adequate will be rejected (or time-reduced) by the Specified Scope of Practice Committee (SSPC) with a request for re-submittal.

Can someone apply for an SSPL at the same time that they are applying for or waiting for an assessment for P.Eng. or P.Geo.?

No. The person must choose which path they are planning to follow. If they have an engineering or geoscience degree they should apply for the P.Eng. or P.Geo. to become a full member NOT a specified scope of practice licensee. If they are rejected, they could potentially pursue limited license instead.

Is there an upgrade path from SSPL to P.Eng.?

No. However, if a person later obtains an engineering or geoscience degree, an upgrade path may be considered.

If someone is a Licensee from another province, can they be a licensee here?

Yes. We will process their application in the same way we process an engineering mobility application. The person will normally be allowed the same scope in Manitoba as in the other province.

NOTE: We are calling this Path 0.

How is the Specified Scope determined?

The applicant must submit a scope proposal with their application to the SSPL committee. The proposal will be reviewed and then approved by the committee. Sample scopes from other provinces may be helpful for applicants to consider in order to streamline the application process. Some samples are available here: https://apeg.bc.ca/Member-Directories/Limited-Licensees-and-Scopes-of-Practice

Can a Specified Scope of Practice Licensee be responsible for a Certificate of Authorization (i.e. Company Registration)?

No. Not according to our legislation.

What will the cost be for getting a Specified Scope of Practice License?

At the time of this writing, there will be an initial non-refundable admission fee of $500.00. Once fully approved, the dues will be the same as the dues for professional members.

There is an experience component for being a Specified Scope of Practice Licensee. Does all this experience have to have been supervised by a P.Eng. or P.Geo.?

Yes, if the experience has been gained within a Canadian environment.

While we will accept a certain amount of experience earned out of country, at least 12 months of experience must have been earned within a Canadian environment, supervised (or mentored) by a P.Eng. or P.Geo. registered in the Canadian province, where the work was done, who had detailed knowledge of your work within the specified scope, at that time.

Because of the likelihood that those claiming for foreign experience would NOT have been supervised or mentored by a Canadian P.Eng. or P.Geo. , applicants who are claiming for any experience gained outside of Canada will NOT require that it be supervised (or mentored) by a P.Eng. or P.Geo. registered in a Canadian province. They will, however, require the comments and feedback of a supervisor (or mentor) who is recognized as an Engineer or Geoscientist within that country, who had detailed knowledge of their work within the specified scope at the time.

See questions 22 and 23 for the definition and explanation of 'mentoring'.

I noticed that the SSPL reports have to be done online. Is there an option for paper reporting?

No. All reporting must be done using the online system. If this is absolutely impossible, please contact the Director of Admissions to discuss options.

Is the SSP licensee expected to follow the ProDev (continuing professional development) requirements once approved?

Yes. Once you have attained your Eng.L or Geo.L you will be subject to the Continuing Competency Requirements in the exact same way as the P.Eng's and the P.Geo's.

How long can I expect it will take to have my application approved once submitted?

This process is new to Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, and the time to process will depend on the quality, content, completeness and volume of applications we receive. Paths 1 and 2 may take several months to process, while Path 3 is expected to take longer.

How many reports do I need to submit?

One report per employment position. The total time period for the reports must equal the experience requirement for the respective Path. For example, if you have a two year diploma program and are following Path 1, the total applicable experience requirement toward that license would be: six years (of which two years are direct on-the-job experience and at least four years are directly in the specified scope). There must therefore be progress reports covering a total time frame of AT LEAST six years before the application is reviewed. The experience must be current.

May I count out-of-country experience?

Yes, as long as it is corroborated by an engineering (or geoscience) supervisor who is recognized as such in that country AND there is at least one year of experience shown that is directly supervised by a P.Eng. (or P.Geo) [within Canada]. Out-of-country experience is claimed by using progress reports in the same way as in-country experience is and is subject to the same criteria as per the Acceptable Engineering Experience Guideline and the Acceptable Geoscience guideline. Experience documented MUST be within the scope in which you wish to practice (subject to the Path rules).

What is an 'accredited degree' (referred to in Path 1 and 2)?

We will use the same list used by the Certified Technicians and Technologists of Manitoba (CTTAM) http://www.cctt.ca/accreditation/accredited-programs Degrees/diplomas accredited by the Sydney Accord are normally considered accredited. Other degrees and diplomas will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

What if I'm working in an area different from my diploma/programme?

The purpose of the work experience requirement is to demonstrate that you are able to put your education into practice. If you are working in an area that differs from your discipline of graduation, you may well require additional training or education, which will mean that you will likely require more than the minimum (depending on the Path) to obtain sufficient qualifying work experience. Every case is different however, so please contact the Director of Admissions if you are uncertain.

What if I did not have a P.Eng. or P.Geo. supervisor at the time of my work (in Canada)?

In this case, you will require TWO people to sign off on your progress reports - your direct supervisor AND an additional mentor engineer (or geoscientist) who was aware of and able to comment on your work at that time. It will be up to you to contact that person and have them agree to act as your mentor.

What if I did not have a person recognized as an engineer or geoscientist within the country, acting as my supervisor, at the time of my work (outside Canada)?

In this case, you will require TWO people to sign off on your progress reports - your direct supervisor AND an additional person recognized as an engineer or geoscientist within that country, who was aware of and able to comment on your work at that time. It will be up to you to contact that person and have them agree to act as your mentor.

When will I be eligible to write the National Professional Practice exam and how and when do I sign up for it?

You are eligible to write the NPPE once your experience and references have been approved by the Specified Scope of Practice committee. Read more about the NPPE. When you are eligible you will be able to register to write this exam through your online profile.

What will the Association ask my references?

The Reference Form showing the questions asked is available on this website. You must request that the reference form be completed by three professional engineers (or geoscientists) who have current knowledge of the work for which you have claimed. This is described in the Instructions which accompany the application.

What if I move to another province before completing everything?

Usually, it's best to stick to the province in which you have started the process, complete the process in that province, and then go through via the mobility agreement. This may vary depending on your case, so please contact the Director of Admissions if you are considering moving before completion.

Whom do I contact if I have other questions related to the Specified Scope of Practice?

Please contact Sharon Sankar, P.Eng.,P.E., Director of Admissions, Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba if you have any additional questions. If necessary, you may contact by telephone, but e-mail is preferred. If your case is particularly complicated, we can arrange to meet in person.

Please use the e-mail subject header: Specified Scope of Practice Questions.

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